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WELFARE: EBT program needs serious reform

Letter by Adam Isackson, Tacoma on Sep. 11, 2012 at 11:47 am | 12 Comments »
September 11, 2012 12:47 pm

Recently I was in line behind two guys in their mid 30s at an area grocery store. Both were wearing easily $1,000 worth of designer clothing. They purchased $100 worth of premium-cut steaks with all the fixings. That purchase was made courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer via an EBT card.

I’ve witnessed many similar instances over the last several months since another incident at a local store brought the EBT issue to my attention. The first incident was a young man, again with a cart loaded full of luxury food items, who decided to yell at a cashier because his energy drink wasn’t eligible for EBT purchase.

If you’re able to use an EBT card on luxury items, and presumably pay cash for food items after your monthly food allowance runs out, you shouldn’t be eligible for an EBT card in the first place. EBT cards should be reserved for the truly destitute, not handed out like candy to anyone able to gain what is obviously a broken system rampant with waste, fraud and abuse.

It’s really discouraging to see so many people taking advantage of a broken system while so many others are making plenty of personal sacrifices during these tough times.

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